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OMG, a Sign Language Interpreted Performance of Beach Blanket Babylon is Coming Sunday November 18th at 5PM!

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

This should be quite a show:

“STEVE SILVER’S BEACH BLANKET BABYLON  PRESENTS SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETED PERFORMANCE - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 – 5 P.M.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (November 6, 2012) – Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylonthe world’s longest running musical revue, is proud to present a sign language interpreted performance for the hearing impaired on Sunday, November 18 at 5 p.m.  of the holiday show. Tickets for this special performance range in price from $25 – $130 and are available now at beachblanketbabylon.com, by phone at (415) 421-4222 or at the Beach Blanket Babylon Box Office (678 Green Street).  Tickets may also be purchased by fax at (415) 421-4817.  TTY users may call the California Relay System at (800) 735-2929.  Tickets are being held for hearing impaired audience members.  To ensure optimal seating locations for viewing of both the interpreters and the stage, ticket buyers should indicate that they or members of their party will be using this service at the time of ticket purchase.

Using their hands, bodies and facial expressions, American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters Michael Velez and Sherry Hicks will translate the spoken and musical parts of the show into signs and rhythms.  The interpreters will be placed on the main floor and will have separate lighting, which will enable the audience to see them during low light moments.

Packed with hilarious spoofs of pop culture & political characters, the holiday show also features a chorus line of tap dancing Christmas trees, special parodies of traditional Christmas carols and a gigantic Yuletide hat. Hailed as “A constant cascade of showstoppers” by the San Francisco ChronicleSteve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her “Prince Charming.”  Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Lady Gaga, President Barack & Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, The San Francisco Giants, Prince William, Kate Middleton and the Queen of England, Hilary & Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, The Cast of “Glee,” Nancy Pelosi, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Grammy Award Winner, Adele and Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes.

Tickets for this special performance range in price from $25 – $130 and are available now atbeachblanketbabylon.com, by phone at (415) 421-4222 or at the Beach Blanket Babylon Box Office (678 Green St.).  Tickets may also be purchased by fax at (415) 421-4817.  TTY users may call the California Relay System at (800) 735-2929.  Tickets are being held for hearing impaired audience members.

Beach Blanket Babylon’s performance schedule is as follows:  Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays at 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Sundays at 2 & 5 p.m.  Due to our liquor license, persons under the age of 21 will not be admitted to evening performances.  Valid photo I.D. is required.  All ages are welcome at Sunday performances.  All performances take place at Club Fugazi (678 Beach Blanket Babylon Blvd. – formerly Green Street ) in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach district.

Michael Velez is a mixture of actor, performer, writer, producer and interpreter.  The hearing son of deaf parents, Michael is a founder and active member of Half-n-Half, a musical sign language ensemble that blends ASL, music and choreography.  He has performed nationally with Half-n-Half and on his own abroad in Copenhagen, Sydney and San Juan.  As a concert interpreter his experience has enabled him to work with Elton John, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, The Dixie Chicks, Melissa Etheridge,Garth Brooks, George Michael, Cyndi Lauper and The Backstreet Boys.

 

Sherry Hicks is one of the co-founders and director of Half-n-Half.  She has been interpreting for over twenty-five years and has worked with Ani DiFranco, Van Morrison, John Denver, Indigo Girls, LL Cool J, and Run DMC.  She performed at the International Deaf Club at the World Federation for the Deaf convention in Sydney, Australia and recently at the 2nd World Mental Health and Deafness Conference in Copenhagen,Denmark.  Hicks earned her MA and MFA from New College of California in Writing and Consciousness.

 

OMG, the Best Way to Spend New Year’s Eve is at Beach Blanket Babylon! Special Show Ticks Start at $65

Friday, October 19th, 2012

If you can get tickets to this show, my hat’s off to you – this looks like an excellent way to handle NYE 2013 in the 415:

“STEVE SILVER’S BEACH BLANKET BABYLON - New Year’s Eve tickets On Sale Monday, November 5

SAN FRANCISCO (October 18, 2012) – Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, the world’s longest running musical revue, rings in 2013 with two special performances on Monday, December 31, 2012. Tickets for these performances range in price from $65 – $190 and are available starting Monday, November 5 at 10 a.m. by phone at 415-421-4222, online at beachblanketbabylon.com or at the Beach Blanket Babylon Box Office (678 Green Street, San Francisco).

Both the 7 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. shows will feature a pastiche of the best and worst of 2012 – Beach Blanket Babylon style. Guests at each show will receive champagne and truffles. The second show – ending at the stroke of midnight – will feature post-show dancing until 1:30 a.m.

“New Year’s Eve at Beach Blanket Babylon is always a fun-filled evening packed with laughter and surprises,” said Jo Schuman Silver, producer of Beach Blanket Babylon. “We are very excited to share another celebration with friends and fans throughout the Bay Area.”

Hailed as “a constant cascade of showstoppers” by the San Francisco Chronicle, Beach Blanket Babylon follows Snow White as she takes a fast-paced journey around the world in search of her “Prince Charming.” Along the way she encounters a star-studded, ever-changing line-up of hilarious pop-culture characters, including Lady Gaga, President Barack & Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj, Prince William, Kate Middleton and the Queen of England, Kim Kardashian; Hilary & Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, The Cast of “Glee,” Nancy Pelosi, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Grammy Award Winner, Adele and The San Francisco Giants.

Tickets for Beach Blanket Babylon’s special New Year’s Eve performances range in price from $65 – $190 and are available starting Monday, November 5 at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 415-421-4222, online at beachblanketbabylon.com or at the Beach Blanket Babylon Box Office (678 Green Street, San Francisco). Arrangements for groups 30 or more and private performances may be made by contacting group sales at 415-421-6788.”

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OMG, It’s the First Annual BEACH BLANKET BABYLON Holiday Song Contest! Sing Your Way To Fame

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

This is new, this is you:

SAN FRANCISCO (October 1, 2012) –Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon Seasonal Extravaganza is the hot ticket for the holiday season! This year fans are invited to participate in Beach Blanket Babylon’s first-ever holiday song contest with a chance to win an appearance in the New Year’s Eve show finale. Packed with hilarious spoofs of pop culture & political characters, the holiday show features a chorus line of tap dancing Christmas trees, special parodies of traditional Christmas carols and a gigantic Yuletide hat. To enter, Beach Blanket Babylon fans must submit a video of themselves, via Facebook or Twitter, singing a verse or chorus of their favorite holiday song.

Selected at random, the grand prize winner will make an appearance in Beach Blanket Babylon’s New Year’s Eve show, Monday, December 31, 2012, at 10:15 p.m., during the finale. Additionally, this lucky winner will ring in the New Year with three friends at Club Fugazi in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach district. Four (4) first-place winners, also selected at random, will each receive a pair of tickets to the Seasonal Extravaganza premiere performance on November 14, 2012.

To be eligible to win, participants must upload a video featuring the contestant singing a short verse or the chorus from any holiday song of their choosing. The video must be uploaded to a video sharing site (such as YouTube or Vimeo). To submit the video, contestants have to share the link either by posting it on the Beach Blanket Babylon Facebook wall, or tweeting to @BBBinSF.

The contest will run from Monday, October 1 until Friday, November 2, 2012 at 12 p.m. Contestants must be 21 years of age or older on or before November 14, 2012. By submitting a video, participants agree to their video being shared through various social media sites by Beach Blanket Babylon or media partners.

For a complete list of rules, visit http://beachblanketbabylon.com/holidaycontest/.

OMG, Nine Bay Area High School Seniors Picked as Finalists for Beach Blanket Babylon Scholaraship! Big Show on June 6

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Well there’ll be a cavalcade of stars (including hat lady Jan Wahl and area billionaire Gordon Getty) judging the live performances of nine high school seniors at Club Fugazi at 678 Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard in North Beach on June 6th, 2011.

All the deets, below.

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The deets:

SCHOLARSHIP FINALISTS CHOSEN! THE STEVE SILVER FOUNDATION AND BEACH BLANKET BABYLON SELECT NINE HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS TO COMPETE FOR THREE $10,000 CASH SCHOLARSHIPS

FINALISTS TO PERFORM LIVE AT CLUB FUGAZI ON MONDAY, JUNE 6th

SAN FRANCISCO (May 9, 2011) – Jo Schuman Silver, producer of Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, announced today the selection of nine Bay Area finalists for the Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon “Scholarship for the Arts.” One winner in each category will be presented with a check for $10,000 towards their college education. The nine high school seniors who will perform live on Monday, June 6th are:

ACTING
JESSICA CHANLIAU – Marin School of the Arts at Novato High School, Novato
TAYLOR EDELHART – Lowell High School, San Francisco
ANYA RICHKIND – Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco

DANCING
MADELINE BAGBY – Castilleja School, Palo Alto
DARIUS DROOH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco
ALEX LYASHEVYCH – Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, San Francisco

SINGING
JILLIAN BUTLER – Liberty High School, Brentwood
ZACHARY PISER – Piedmont High School, Piedmont
CARA WODKA – Fremont Christian High School, Fremont

“Every year I’m impressed by the talent and caliber of the entries we receive, and this year was no exception,” said Schuman Silver. “Narrowing the field down to just nine finalists was not an easy task.”

Master of Ceremonies for the evening is Star 101.3′s Don Bleu. The celebrity panel of judges scheduled to appear include: San Francisco Ballet’s Principal Character Dancer & Choreographer Val Caniparoli, singer and actor Franc D’Ambrosio, KGO Radio’s Jerry Friedman, Composer Gordon Getty, San Francisco Opera’s General Director David Gockley, KMEL’s Chuy Gomez, California Shakespeare Theater’s Artistic Director Jonathan Moscone, American Conservatory Theater’s Artistic Director Carey Perloff, ABC7′s Don Sanchez and KRON4/KCBS Radio’s Jan Wahl.”

(I don’t know about ticket availability or anything at this point – they’ll be tough or impossible to get, one might imagine.)

Bon courage, contestants!

Giants Fever Sweeps Over Civic Center – A Huge Crowd Already This Morning – All the Good Vantage Points are Gone

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Well it’s still early but there’s already pandemonium on the streets of San Francisco over the Giants winning the World Series 4-1.

As you can see, spectators are already lined up, camped out. The parade and celebration will soon begin.

And Placido Domingo, the greatest opera singer in modern times, is in the house.

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Our SFMOMA has an idea about the ideal viewing spot, but I don’t think anyone will be allowed up there but police snipers, prob:

“Clark” and “Lincecum” just came by BART:

If you have to watch over the office while your colleagues join the madding crowd, feel free to take in the action on UStream.

In the meantime, just crank up the Giants-themed smooth reggae from Michael Franti and Spearhead.

Congratulations, GIANTS!

¡Enhorabuena, GIGANTES!

Rave New Reviews for Fantastic Beach Blanket Babylon – It’s 36 Years Young in 2010

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

How can Beach Blanket Babylon be a “new show” at 36 years old? Well, I don’t know, it just is – it evolves, it keeps up with the times. Anyway, Media Week 2010 just ended at Club Fugazi up in North Beach, so a bunch of reviews have been popping up.

And that includes The Review from San Francisco Chronicle Theater Critic Robert Hurwitt. He just recently gave instructions to have The Little Man to hop out of his seat. See?

“In Chronicle parlance, this one is called Wild Applause. Readers should know that the critic believes the production…, having achieved all of its artistic goals, is firmly in the don’t-miss category.” 

You can’t do better than that.

Yes indeed, BBB rolls along for 90 entertaining minutes – it’s all filled up with jokes, sight gags, costumes, and musical numbers.

Here’s how it looks close to the end:

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Now, speaking of blankets, if you are a wet blanket, if you’re a hater determined to not have fun with your friends, well you could be like some of the Yelpers who label it “cheesy.” But that’s not a bug, it’s a feature, right? And of course most of the Yelpers just love, love, love this production.

Anyway, the youthful gaggle of Fun Fearless Females who sat just ahead of me were into a couple wine bottles 15 minutes before the show began. They seemed to be having a good time, singing along. And yet, I’m sure my grandmother would be into to this joint as well. It’s hard to imagine a live production that would appeal to a bigger cross-section – locals, tourists, older, younger, etc.

(And best of all, while watching, you can even get a bottle of refreshing Dom Perignon for less than $200 - can you remember seeing a markup that low for Dom in this day and age? Moving on …)

I’ll tell you, I’ve hadn’t seen the BBB before last weekend. I thought it was great. You will too. See you there! (Again, maybe.)

San Francisco Theater Festival a Huge Success at Yerba Buena Gardens

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

This is what the Sixth Annual San Francisco Theater Festival looked like today down in the SoMA‘s Yerba Buena Gardens:

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Here’s the sched and here are a bunch of photos. That should whet your appetite for next year.

Yes, it’s all free. See you next year!

“The San Francisco theater scene can become stronger and more vigorous, appealing to community members who do not currently benefit from the contribution theater arts make to one’s life through activities like the Theater Festival. Director Peter Sellars has noted that bringing people together for a shared theatrical experience does more than create good art; it creates and nurtures a sense of community and an interest in the common good.

The Festival creates access and expands the theater audience. Working together to put on the Festival, the theater community conducts a large-scale event that gains the attention of the broader community. The Festival induces cross-pollination of audiences as attendees interested in one performing group stay to see others. As the Festival grows, we will see theater audiences expanding, leading to more performances, more productions, and more theater jobs, as well as a richer cultural experience for all community members.

While there are festivals for film, dance, jazz, blue grass, beer, and wine, there is no comparable festival for theater. The San Francisco Theater Festival is unique. This is the only showcase for Bay Area live theater, presenting the full spectrum of theater groups. This is the only festival that takes place on one day or a single weekend, providing the audience with an opportunity to sample conveniently the many theaters available here. This is the only FREE festival, thereby providing open access to all.”

All the Players, after the jump.

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